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Need advice on AM2 cooler for 3800 X2...

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February 19, 2007 10:35:04 AM

Coolers are one of the rare things about computers I never looked much into, always ran on stock.
But now I OC'd my AMD 3800 X2 from 2.0 to 2.3GHz and temps are 55-60 full load.
So I need a good (not over priced) coller that'll lower my temp. for at least 10 degrees, even 15.
CPU is AM2 socket.

Any recomendations, anyone?
Thnx in advance...

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February 19, 2007 10:51:55 AM

I think my suplier has least some variations of them. I'm going to check out...
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February 19, 2007 11:15:11 AM

My supplier has:

ARCTIC-COOLING Freezer 64 Pro,
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED (a little pricy)....

Now, I know nothing of these...
Wich one would be the best for me?
(Probably the most expensive one, huh? :lol:  )
February 19, 2007 11:17:06 AM

if you can try and buy something called coollaboratory liquid pro, it's a top thermal liquid that will knock alot of C off the temps. It beat the No 1 thermal paste artic silver by 6C so it's quite good.
February 19, 2007 11:27:55 AM

They have:

Zalman ZM-STG1
Arctic Silver5
Thermalright Chill Factor
Arctic Alumina

Dude, I completely forgot I neet the thermal paste too.
I never replaced cooler myself.
February 19, 2007 11:31:01 AM

I'd go for the Zalman and AS5, I like having a cooler that cools good and also looks cool inside my case. Theres a article on these Zalman coolers at Anandtech. Someone else posted about it earlier. Search frostytech if you want the absolute best cooler. But for me I'd take a zalman anytime.
February 19, 2007 11:43:29 AM

Anand just realeased an article on the Zalmans.

I can say from ownership that my 9500 has been an excellent cooler and served me well for over a year now, providing all but the most extreme overclocks at good temps. However, looking at that article, it seems there are better price points available. The Freezer Pro 64 I beleive is still a good buy.

Here's an older article including the Freezer Pro 64 and the Zalman.

I checked out this "Coollaboratory Liquid Pro" and found it really does cool better than Arctic Silver 5. It looks really messy and difficult to apply though... I wouldn't feel bad just sticking with AS5 if it's all you can find.
February 19, 2007 11:51:45 AM

If you go with the AC Freezer Pro, stick with the MX-1 that is pre-applied.
It is premium stuff. My cpu idles @ 33 C and gets about 45C when I'm abusing it. And that is with the current overclock.
February 19, 2007 12:43:18 PM

Yes, I think I'll go with Arctic...I know everybody greets Zyman, but it's 2-3 times more priced than others...
February 19, 2007 6:35:48 PM

I went with the zalman 9500. Took my load temps (2.4g) from 57-59 down to 43-45! Looks very good too!
February 20, 2007 5:35:01 AM

I got AC Pro, price was very afordable. I think it'll do great...IF I COULD INSTALL IT!
For now I can't even remove AMD's stock cooler, theres some plastic lever that won't budge much and I'm afraid to force it so it doesn't break...
this is harder than I thought.
Also it seems once I remove stock cooler...well, the fittings don't look quite the same? It IS AM2 cooler but it looks like it won't fit properly...
Is there something I have to put inbetween, some kind of holder or something?
Not sure, I'll see when AND IF I EVER remove stock cooler...
February 20, 2007 5:42:02 AM

Where did you get your rig? Sure looks homebuilt to me, whoever built it for you can probably help remove your stock cooler. Or maybe the shop where you got the cooler will do it for free or a small fee.
February 20, 2007 5:51:56 AM

It is homebuilt, but I wasn't the one to install mobo and CPU. Did everything else though.
I could got to the store, but I'd really like to do this myself. This is one of the rare things I never did....only thing probably.
Doesn't look that complicated, If only I could get that old one of...
Maybe theres illustrated manual somwhere on the net...I can't see much on that black & white pics in mobo manual..
February 20, 2007 11:55:21 AM

Couldn't find any videos for AM2 socket, but it pretty much similar from what I've read and seen. But here's a AMD video for 939:

AMD CPU Installation - 939
February 20, 2007 12:06:10 PM

This is it! Or very similar. Very helpful, man. Thanx!
February 20, 2007 1:01:23 PM

I would recommend the AM2 version of this, but it jumped to $59.99 :cry:  . o O (Dang)


When did this thing sky rocket in price?!? Used to be between 16 and 25 dollars! WTF!

Well I would go with the Cooler Master Hyper 6+ if you can find it.
February 21, 2007 5:20:26 AM

I paid mine around 25 $...